COMPAR-EU Decision Aids Web

Decision Aids explanation

Welcome to the Decision Aids section

If you want to learn more about what you can do about your health condition, you are in the right place!

In this section you will learn about what your options are, so that you can talk to your doctor about them.

(Disclaimer: None of the information you will provide will be saved nor recorded in our system)


Decision Aids

Decision Aids

Decision aids are tools that can be used patients to support shared decision-making about health care options. Clinicians can also use the decision aids to assist patients in making an informed decision.

Decision aids help patients comparing different intervention options (e.g., how important are the potential desirable and undesirable effects), and prepares them to participate with their health professional in making an informed decision. Decision aids provide information about how different interventions work by taking into account the best available research evidence, as well as the patients’ preferences, and circumstances. 

Decision aids may be pamphlets, videos, or web-based tools. 
These decision-aids are web-based tools and are available in six languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Greek).

Self-management interventions

Self-management interventions

Self-management interventions are interventions that support and equip patients with skills to actively participate and take responsibility in the management of their disease on a daily basis in order to function optimally.

Self-managements intervention can:

  • provide you with information about the disease;
  • teach you different skills on how to change your lifestyle; 
  • teach you how to monitor symptoms;
  • help you in finding the right support. 

Self-management interventions help patients to: 

  • build confidence; 
  • gain knowledge; 
  • develop skills to deal with the challenges of a chronic disease.

Self-management interventions can be offered at different locations, for example: 

  • hospital;
  • at the general practitioner’s office;
  • at home.

These interventions can be delivered by different people:

  • health care professionals;
  • educators;
  • trained patients.

Research has shown that self-management interventions help patients to better cope with their diseases, may improve their health outcomes (e.g., reducing hospitalizations), and lead to a better quality of life.